Our community believes that we must actively care for others.
Kindergarten through fifth grade classes partner with a local nonprofit organization to maximize student efforts. The students learn about their partner organization's mission and individual classes participate in service learning projects to help our partners positively impact Kansas City. St. Paul's middle school students also make individual choices about how best to serve local nonprofit agencies and volunteer in their own time.
As part of our mission we also provide funding to our sister school in Ravine A'lanse, Haiti, and support the St. Paul's Church Food Pantry which serves approximately 1,200 neighbors annually.
Starting in our early education classrooms, students learn the importance of sharing their gifts and caring for others nearby and around the world.
St. Paul's Food Pantry
In November, students host a food drive to stock the shelves of the St. Paul’s Food Pantry at a critical time for families facing food insecurity. With a little friendly competition among grade levels, students are encouraged to bring canned and shelf-stable foods and personal care items. Many years, families contribute more than 15,000 items to the pantry! Students can also share new toys, games, and other gifts the week after Thanksgiving for families visiting the Pantry in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Supporting Our Neighbors in Haiti
Each spring, St. Paul’s students plan group fundraisers, earn money through extra chores, and make donations during morning chapel to Holy Cross School in Ravine A’lanse, Haiti. These gifts support teacher salaries, books, and a daily, nutritious meal for each student.
Service Learning Highlights
"One of our goals is to get kids out into the community so they can see an organization first-hand and really understand what the organization does." Mindy Stephenson, ECC Division Head